Canonical is planning to make the Ubuntu mobile operating system available for developers in late February. That will be followed up with phones available in “two geographically large markets” starting this October according to Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.
The mobile version of the open-source operating system was announced this past month. The phones will not have buttons and it has a gesture-heavy interface that is simlar to the BlackBerry Z10.
The Ubuntu operating system is based on Linux. It was designed to run servers and other infrastructure used in many IT departments.
Shuttleworth said that the Ubuntu smartphones can be docked to larger displays they wirelessly connect to keyboards and other peripherals. The smartphones would also be able to support Windows-based applications. Shuttleworth did not name the company’s hardware partners but he did say that there was a lot of interest from multiple companies.